Submitted by Blake on May 1, 2000 - 10:22am
InfoWorld Has an Article on the UCITA, a potentially damaging law.
\"Although totally outgunned by the deep pockets of the software lobby, the anti-UCITA forces, headed up by 4Cite (For a Competitive Information and Technology Economy, the anti-UCITA coalition to which InfoWorld belongs), did a heroic job of fighting against the bill while it was debated in the Maryland Legislature. And enough Maryland legislators got the message that several amendments to significantly defang UCITA were given consideration, particularly in the Senate.\"
Submitted by Steven on April 28, 2000 - 7:09pm
The Chicago Sun Times has added to the filtering debate with this article.
\"You want your Internet straight up or filtered?\"
\"While many library patrons may not realize it, the answer depends on the library they visit. In Chicago, access to the Internet is free of computer programs that screen out possibly objectionable material, such as full-frontal nudity.
In Schaumburg, the Internet at the library comes filtered.\"
Submitted by Steven on April 28, 2000 - 6:56pm
Cleveland Live has this wonderful article about a library survey that was conducted to beef up their non-fiction collection.
\"Bohemians are at the checkout desk and the librarians couldn’t be happier.\"\"Fearing a decline in the use of its nonfiction collection, Lakewood Public Library used a customer profile to revamp its selection and rearrange its books. Residents were classified as members of the \"Bohemian Mix,\" \"Blue Blood Estates\" and \"Old Yankee Rows.\" Their tastes are reflected in new sections that feature tomes on traditional medicine, the paranormal, gardening and Mother\'s Day. It\'s Lakewood\'s way of keeping books relevant in an Internet age.\"
Submitted by Steven on April 28, 2000 - 6:41pm
The Detroit News has published this article about a library that, during renovations, is letting patrons check out as many materials as they want, and can bring them back August 1st.
\"The Sherman family plans on making use of the Sterling Heights Public Library collections this summer -- from its home. The library is running a summer reading special. Patrons, like the Shermans, can take all the books, videos and audio tapes they want and keep them until Aug. 1 while the library is closed for renovations.\"
\"We checked out 133 books and videos,\" Ann Sherman of Sterling Heights said. \"A lot of them are children\'s books for my son. But we also took out books for my husband and myself.\"
Submitted by Blake on April 28, 2000 - 4:36pm
Sarah Jane Johnston writes \"HBS Working Knowledge, a Web site designed to meet the information needs of Harvard Business School alumni, is available to the general business and academic communities at http://hbsworkingknowledge.hbs.edu. The site brings together timely business information and research from the intellectual capital of Harvard Business School and other highly regarded sources.
Submitted by Steven on April 28, 2000 - 2:03am
Drew Carey has won big money on \"Who Wants to be a Millionaire\", so says and article in the Chicago Tribune. Carey has stated that he will donate his winnings to Ohio Libraries, but the amount that he has won has not been released.
\"But we\'ll allow Carey to add this much: \"Only five people,\" he says, have won the amount of dough that he was able to walk away with.
While you\'re trying to figure out exactly how many have won how much (clue: Carey didn\'t win a million), we\'ll tell you that the celebrity version of \"Who Wants to Be a Millionaire\" airs Monday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Thursday at 8 p.m. on [ABC]\"
Submitted by Steven on April 28, 2000 - 1:47am
The New York Times had this cute article about ordering the next book in the Harry Potter series.
According to my calculations, that is the number of times a day, on average, that my 9-year-old daughter, Ella, asks me when we will be able to buy the fourth book in the Harry Potter series.\"
\"416. That is how many times I respond in a reasonable tone, explaining patiently that we will have to wait until July 8, the worldwide publication date for all English language versions.\"
That is how many times -- usually after supper but before the dishes are washed, while her little sister is mashing red Play-Doh into the dog\'s tail -- that I say: \"Leave me alone about the Harry Potter book! I can\'t take it anymore! I can\'t take it, I tell you!\"
Submitted by Steven on April 27, 2000 - 9:20pm
APBnews has this article about South Carolina Attorney General Charles Condon who gave his support of a bill that would let libraries in the state filter the Internet without having to deal with first amendment issues.
\"Public libraries have no obligation to provide computers or Internet service,\" Condon wrote in a 10-page decision. \"Notwithstanding this fact, however, public libraries have the constitutional right to use filters to remove pornography.\"
Submitted by Blake on April 27, 2000 - 3:04pm
The Gaurdian has an in depth Look at the history and future of hypertext. They look at the hypertext revolution and what it means for literature.
\"When Apple decided to supply a copy of a little
program called Hypercard on all Macintosh
computers back in the 80s, it prepared the way
for what would become the web\'s most distinctive
feature, hypertext. It also unknowingly launched
a small literary revolution.\"
Submitted by Blake on April 27, 2000 - 12:45pm
Now Magazine in Toronto has a Story on how libraries are dying due to increased pressure from book stores and coffee shops.
\"As circulation figures slide at Toronto\'s 98 library branches, critics complain that they\'re stuffy, outmoded and insensitive to T.O.\'s multicultural makeup. And now, far-seeing supporters of publicly supported reading are calling for big changes. \"
Submitted by Steven on April 26, 2000 - 9:11pm
Peter Poe, staff writer for the Washington Post has written this favorable article about the addition of other language books and online catalogs into libraries collections.
\"Not long after she moved here from Taiwan, Sherry Yu found something shocking in an American library. It was a library card application form written entirely in Chinese.
\"I came here to see what an American library looks like and I\'m leaving with an American library card,\" Yu, 21, said in Chinese, smiling as she held up a key chain with a library tag on it. \"Can you believe that?\"
Submitted by Steven on April 26, 2000 - 9:01pm
Alabama Live has this article about a library director that will go to any means to have library users vote for the budget.
\"The life of the Bessemer Public Library is at stake Tuesday.
At least that\'s the message Carol Castine, the library\'s director, wants to get across.
To do that, Ms. Castine had the library draped in yellow caution tape, as if it were a homicide scene.
\"I just want to call attention to the library with the vote coming up,\" she said.\"
Submitted by Blake on April 26, 2000 - 5:08pm
The Financial Times has a lengthy Article on the incredible popularity of Harry Potter.
\"From toys and computer games to designer sportswear and pop music, children are, increasingly, a market to be reckoned with. But not until last year, when global sales of J.K. Rowling\'s three Harry Potter books took off, had anyone thought that reading - that most Victorian of pastimes - could seriously compete with the high-tech, multimedia entertainments of today\"
Submitted by Blake on April 26, 2000 - 3:32pm
R Hadden sent in this story from theNew Scientist, they have a very interesting Story on a nifty sounding paper.
\"IT\'S goodbye to the idea of the paperless office: a new electronic pen could bring paper back with a bang. Instead of tapping away on a computer keyboard, the new pen lets you scribble e-mails freehand on special paper and then send it across the Internet via your mobile phone.\"
Submitted by Blake on April 26, 2000 - 3:28pm
Yahoo Internet Life is carrying a rant from Roger Ebert on E-Books.
\"My own time line runs a little differently: By 2002, e-books are being sharply discounted in bins near the door of Best Buy. By 2003, e-book enthusiasts join DiscoVision, Commodore, and Pixelvision fans in trading their relics on eBay. By 2004, several books have analyzed the e-book debacle. By 2020, they\'re all out of print.\"
Submitted by Blake on April 26, 2000 - 2:15pm
Janet Forde writes:
The New England School of Law\'s Library has had so many people come in
asking for a book only knowing it\'s color they have done an index of their
reference room by color...Here\'s the link.
Submitted by AnnaKh on April 26, 2000 - 12:15pm
This Traffick interview showcases Onepage, one amongst several \"metabrowsing\" tools. Metabrowsing is a newly-coined term for an activity that may someday gain a following: placing customized info from different websites into a single browser window. It\'s not exactly the same as a customized news page; some would say that it\'s better. Others might wonder if it\'s worth the trouble. Still others might just want to buy a couple of extra computers and leave them on all the time!
Other tools in this genre include Quickbrowse and Octopus.
Submitted by Blake on April 26, 2000 - 11:10am
The Rocky Mountain News has a Story on a study that showed libraries help children score 10 percent to 18 percent higher on reading tests.
\"Further, collaboration between library media specialists and classroom teachers on instruction is key to boosting reading skills, according to the study done by the Library Research Service of the state Department of Education.\"
Check out LRS.org, they have an executive summary PDF available.
Submitted by AnnaKh on April 25, 2000 - 6:22pm
(as seen at oss4lib.org)
If you\'re a librarian and you haven\'t thought through what napster means yet, get thinking. Many folks are perturbed about how easy it is to violate copyright using napster. \"Docster: Instant Document Delivery\" describes a napster-like system for libraries which builds copyright compliance in from the start.
btw Blake suggested reposting this here -- so it isn\'t entirely shameless promotion on my part. :)
Submitted by Blake on April 25, 2000 - 5:25pm
Upside.com has a nice opinion Piece on E-Books.
\"a long history of research on new products shows consumers resist buying products, even if they have marginal benefits, because they lack compatibility. I\'m not talking about technical compatibility -- technologically oriented firms seem to understand this well -- but compatibility with consumers\' past experiences and values. \"